My friends, I apologize for the rather extended absence. Life and work got a bit crazy there for a while. But now I’m back! And with more juicy things than ever!
So, school is starting and that means it’s time to get back to studying. And not just the academic variety. I know that for many of us swing dancers, this is the only time we have access to regular lessons and classes.
Today marked the first official Ohio University Jitterbug Club meeting and lesson of the year. And of course, with a new school year comes a ton of new people interested in dancing. Although I have to say, our instructors. Ellen McIntire and Alex Bill handled the influx of newbies effortlessly. Hats off to you two. Especially since things didn’t go as planned for the outdoor lesson (thank you, Ohio weather). But despite the minor set back, the lesson went off without a hitch and new Athens is well on its way to finding a whole new group of dancers.
And with the dawn of a new series of lesson, comes the hope that some day, I will be able to lead. I’m going all the way back to the beginning, taking all of the lessons from the very top and putting my dancing skills to the test. What are some of this things that you are most looking forward to working on this year?
So what I want to know is: what makes a good lesson? What is it that makes a lesson stick? Is it the content? The instructors? Teaching methods? Or all three?
And on that note, friends, I wish you all the best of luck in this new school year. And remember, when class gets you down, just dance.
Oh! And on an only mildly related note: Don’t forget: the Dirt Cheap Blues Exchange in Virginia Beach starts September 8. Blues dancing on a beach? What better way to fight the school-day blues?